Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Schools
Research shows that a range of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs can enhance behavior and learning in school children in all grades through high school. This was explored in depth by a meta-analysis of 213 programs involving 220,000 students, published in Child Development, February 2011. A link to the article is here. Mindfulness programs fall within the Social and Emotional Learning spectrum.
Mindfulness for teachers…and students
Mindfulness can help students… reduce stress…
understand and appreciate other people…
improve impulse control…
and in general be more focused on their experience.
Mindfulness can help teachers to hear students better…. remain calm… be more awake to the class
Mindfulness helps kids calm down and think.
There is a growing movement in the US to teach kids mindfulness. It falls within the Social Emotional Learning Curriculum advanced by Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and Linda Lantieri (Techniques to Develop Inner Strength in Children: Building Emotional Intelligence). At present Omega Institute and Garrison House sponsor annual conferences on the subject.
Curricula are being developed by several groups. Among them, MindfulSchools.com has a curriculum I have studied and taught to students.
Schools can start by helping teachers develop their own mindfulness practices. Then, those teachers can learn one or more curricula and help introduce it to their students and the school. I am available to teach mindfulness to teachers and students. Schools and individual teachers wishing to discuss how to develop mindfulness for use in the classroom, please contact me here.
New York City schools can learn the impact of mindfulness for their students by bringing me in to teach a series of 15-minute lessons for students, based on the approach of Mindful Schools. Educators can call me 917 202 5148 to discuss a 5-week program for students…. or send me questions by e-mail here.
some leaders in school mindfulness
(This list prepared by Omega)
Dan Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is author of Mindsight and The Developing Mind, and coauthor of Parenting From the Inside Out.
Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award-winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author, and children’s advocate. She is founder of the Hawn Foundation, which trains 4th through 7th grade school children in mindful awareness techniques.
Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, is one of America’s leading meditation teachers. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1971 and is author of many books, including Lovingkindness.
Susan Kaiser Greenland is creator of the Inner Kids mindful awareness program for children and families, and author of the book The Mindful Child. She teaches and consults on teaching mindful awareness in an age-appropriate and secular manner.
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, is the developer and organizer of the Mindfulness in Education Conference at Omega. His organization, Mindful Children, collaborates with schools and organizations, leading trainings and implementing mindfulness-based curriculum. Rechtschaffen has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Linda Lantieri, MA, has 40 years of experience in education as a former teacher, administrator, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. She is coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools, editor of Schools With Spirit, and author of Building Emotional Intelligence.
Meena Srinivasan, MA, NBCT, has organized mindfulness programs with Ahimsa Trust. She also helped to create Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Planting Seeds: Sharing Mindfulness With Children. meenasrinivasan.com
Jennifer M. Cohen, MEd, a certified yoga teacher and the founder of Little Flower Yoga, teaches yoga to children of all ages. She holds a master’s degree in education and youth development and has spent many years working with children with physical handicaps as well as developmental and learning disorders.
A few things to read
(this list prepared by Garrison Institute):
In the Classroom, A New Focus on Quieting the Mind, New York Times, 6/16/07 – Children learn more when they are calm.
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate [Paperback]
Susan K Greenland,
The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, Gina M. Biegel,
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Myla Kabat-Zinn